Chaonia Landing-6:00 to 3:00
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1st Paul and Kason Henderson
2nd Thad McGreggor & Michael Williams
Lake Level 360.8 Air Temp 65-85 Winds light/variable Water Temp low 80s Reported by Ron Niswonger
Chaonia Landing at Southeast Missouri’s beautiful Lake Wappapello hosted the August installment of the U.S. Anglers’ Choice, Wappapello Division tournament on Saturday. The lake level had elevated slightly from earlier rains but was on a slow fall back to recreational pool level. The weather provided a brief respite from the scorching temps as overnight lows dipped into the low 60s. Under mostly sunny skies, however, the mercury did jump back up into the upper 80s by the afternoon.
The Wappapello regulars showed up to do battle as the season end draws nearer. Only one qualifying tournament remains. The race for points champions also, is heating up as the top spot seems to change hands every tournament. Paul and Kason Henderson climbed back into the top spot at the end of the day with the win. Their five fish limit weighed 17.62 Pounds and earned them $1720.00 plus trophies. “We were all over this lake,” said Paul Henderson. “We started upriver for a while, and then we ran down the lake for a while and fished a lot of stuff in between.” The team reported catching fish in less than eight feet of water on a worm, a jig, and a crankbait.
Thad McGreggor and Michael Williams took second place honors with a five fish limit that weighed 14.95 pounds. “We stayed in the midlake area all day and fished slow in about eight feet of water,” said McGreggor. “We only had seven bites all day but two of those were five pounders,” he added. The second-place team took home $1120.00 plus trophies for their limit of fish.
Kevin Brotherton and Nick Gibbons had a 14.30-pound five fish limit that was good enough for third place. “We went upriver and stayed upriver all day,” said Brotherton. “We got them deep and fishing slow.” They took home $810 plus trophies for third place.
Fourth place went to Steve Seiter and Jeff Meyers. They had a limit of fish that pulled the scales down to 13.43 pounds and was good for $495.00.
Warren Manion and partner Billy Deblois took home $305.00 for their 13.37-pound limit of fish that earned them fifth place.
Ken Owens and Matt Allison took sixth place by virtue of their 12.22-pound limit of fish that was good for $225.00.
Ron and Dan Niswonger took home two fish dinners from Don’s Restaurant for their limit of fish that weighed 11.27 pounds.
Big Bass of the event weighed 5.42 pounds and was caught by Don Hampton and Ron Carnahan. It was fooled by a crankbait and earned them $380 plus trophies.